The other night I stumbled into my local liquor store with absolutely no idea what I was in the mood for. But like a Japanese businessman I wanted the most amount of fun for the least amount of money. In other words, I was looking for a deal. I walked past the bourbon and eyed the Makers mark for a moment. “That won’t do at all,” I (The little Japanese businessman) thought. “I’m in the mood for something exotic. Something lIke underwear from a vending machine.” With this in mind, I kept moving until I saw it sitting on the second shelf next to the Santa Teresa. The Crazy Kirpal deal of the week.
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but the owner of Spring Hill Liquors is a marketing genius. Whenever he gets a new “premium,” alcohol in stock, the first thing he does is mark it 50% off. This of course entices people like me with an adventurous spirit and a limited budget to try it. This is how I’ve discovered most of my great finds like Bulldog Gin. In this case it was Zaya Gran Reserva 12-year-old rum.
Zaya is a 12-year-old rum from Trinidad. It normally cost $47.99, but that night I picked it up for $23. I’m not sure if I’d pay full price for it on a regular basis, but it was damn well worth the $23 I did pay. This stuff tastes great. Not quite Pyrat XO, but but definitely worth going in on halvesies with your friends. It has a clean taste and the next morning I didn’t even have the slightest inkling of a hangover even after drinking more than half a bottle the night before. I did find it here for about $30.